After a two-year hiatus, Building Construction Technology Expo (BCT Expo) returned to its face-to-face format from 21 to 23 September 2022, at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
More than 3,760 trade visitors from 23 countries attended, which included VIP buyers, trade buyers, construction professionals, conference delegates, government officials, media, industry associations and construction-related educational institutions.
Themed ‘Towards Digitalisation of the Building and Construction industry – Are You Ready?’, the event saw over 120 exhibitors from eight countries showcasing their building and construction technologies, digital solutions, machinery systems and equipment, covering all sectors of the building and construction industry.
“We were very impressed with the quality of the many attendees at BCT Expo. Thailand is one market that we are intending to expand into, and with the many positive responses received at the event, it further reinforces our decision to set up a shop here. Next year, we will surely exhibit in a bigger way with the introduction of new construction technology and engineering solutions,” said Michael Chua, director of Skyshot Pte Ltd, Singapore.
“BCT Expo presented us with a great opportunity to meet with many prospects seeking construction technology solutions. In addition to Thai prospects, we have also made contacts with people from Singapore and Malaysia,” said Jeremy Pownall, head of APAC at Converge, the UK.
One of the highlights at BCT Expo 2022 was the business-matching programme. More than 100 VIP buyers from Thailand and surrounding countries participated, with over 632 pre-arranged business meetings conducted, providing opportunities for buyers and sellers to connect, discuss new partnerships and forge business deals.
“This event had enabled us to re-engage our suppliers from various countries, especially from Thailand and China. We are seeking suppliers of building and construction products, and I was delighted to join the business-matching programme where we met face-to face with many potential suppliers. We will certainly be back in 2023,” said Sivansak Ney, assistant director of The Bhumi Emerald, Cambodia.
BCT Expo 2022 also featured a knowledge exchange platform comprising more than 45 seminar topics, hosted by 59 industry professionals and experts, discussing the latest industry trends, market opportunities, solutions, innovations, best practices, and technology disruptions impacting today’s building and construction sector.
In addition, the event served as a key ‘public-private sector engagement platform’ – providing an opportunity for related government agencies to connect, brief and update the private sector on government’s infrastructure development plans, smart city projects, sustainability policies, site safety regulations, and public project tender process.
Another highlight was the Building Information Modelling & Technology (BIM & Tech) Pavilion, with its display of the latest building and construction technologies. Moving forward, BCT Expo will continue to collaborate with the Thai BIM Association (TBIM) to introduce more BIM, digital and technology related solutions for next year’s event.
“BCT Expo serves as an effective platform to push for BIM adoption and digital transformation in Thailand, enabling design, construction and engineering professionals to work together,” explained Dr Sant Chansomsak, president of Thai BIM Association.
“While BCT Expo’s BIM & Tech Pavilion showcased the latest digital and technology solutions, we are pleased to have successfully organised our Thai BIM Association (TBIM) conferences, which was a well-attended gathering of BIM professionals to network, discuss on trends and career opportunities, and address issues affecting our BIM profession today.”
The next edition of BCT Expo will be held from 20 to 22 September 2023 at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre. The event is expected to be bigger in size and scale, focusing on key areas impacting the building and construction industry today, such as digitalisation, technology, innovations, sustainability, safety, and human resource.